Nom i cognoms / Name and surname
Virginia Mata Marcano
Afiliació / Affiliation
Programa de finançament europeu en que s’enmarca aquest projecte? / European funding programme in which this project is being carried out?
EU support (FP7, H2020, etc.) other than MSCA
Títol del projecte / Project title
PLASTICHEAL. Innovative tools to study the impact and mode of action of micro and nanoplastics on human health: towards a knowledge base for risk assessment
Número del projecte / Project number
Breu explicació del projecte / Brief explanation of your project
Humans are exposed to incidental micro and nanoplastics (MNPLs) due to their ubiquitous presence in the environment, but there is only very limited information on the potential impact of this exposure on human health. Therefore, the current regulatory framework cannot ensure that incidental MNPLs present in the air, and in food and beverage products are at safe levels for the population.
In this context, the PlasticHeal project aims at providing new methodologies and evidence to regulators by combining the use of breakthrough research and reliable test methods to set the knowledge basis for adequate risk assessment of MNPLs.
The project will first generate human exposure estimates after identification, measurement, and characterization of MNPLs present in the environmental air, water and food sources, as well as in human biological samples of population groups with potential high MNPLs exposure levels. Then a variety of complementary experimental models and methodologies will be applied to screen for several potential MNPLs-induced effects. The data generated will be processed by integrative analysis methods to obtain MNPLs mechanistic insight, and to identify key events with potential to be consolidated as novel biomarkers of MNPLs long-term effects. The knowledge gained and the methodology developed in PlasticHeal will permit the identification and management of safety issues related to human exposure to incidental MNPLs.
PlasticHeal, which has received 6 million euros of from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has the participation of 10 universities and research centres from Finland, The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Spain, United Kingdom and Germany.
Enllaç a la pàgina web del projecte / Link to your project website
Repte en que s’emmarca aquest projecte / Challenge within the framework of this project
2. Cancer: working with Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to improve the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and solutions to live longer and better, 3. Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030, 5. A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030